Willamette Downs Whittier, 7-2, in California

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

(MEN'S TENNIS) WHITTIER, CALIF. -- The Willamette University Bearcats won all three doubles matches, then recorded victories in four of six singles flights, to defeat Whittier College, 7-2, on Thursday, March 29. The match was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, but was postponed due to the weather.

At #1 doubles, Eric MacMillan (Jr., Twin Falls, ID/Twin Falls HS) and Shaun Mihalick (Sr., Mukilteo, WA/Eastlake HS) sliipped past Whittier's team of Justin DeLong and Sean Robertson, 9-8, after winning a tie-breaker, 9-7. The #2 doubles match was won by Donovan LeDoux (Fr., Keizer, OR/McNary HS) and Micah Mack (Fr., Wenatchee, WA/Wenatchee HS) over Sean Summerall and Joseph Choi, 8-4. WU's winning team at #3 doubles was Fitz Paccione (Jr., Encinitas, CA/Cathedral Catholic HS) and Geoff Klein (Jr., Sagle, ID/Sandpiont HS), who defeated Eric Hinsworth and Danny Penesch, 8-3.

Two of Willamette's four wins in singles required a tie-breaker played instead of a third set. MacMillan defeated Robertson at #2 singles, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), (10-5). Mihalick outlasted Summerall at #4 singles, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), (10-5). At #1 singles, Whittier’s DeLong edged Donovan LeDoux, 3-6, 6-2, (11-9), in yet another match decided by a tie-breaker.

Willamette's next match is set for Sunday, April 1, when the Bearcats host Pacific University at the WU Tennis Courts. Match time is at 1 p.m. (PDT).

Thursday, March 29, 2007
At Whittier College, Whittier, Calif.

Willamette University 7, Whittier College 2

#1 - Justin Delong (WC) defeated Donovan LeDoux (WU), 3-6, 6-2, (11-9)*
#2 - Eric MacMillan (WU) defeated Sean Robertson (WC), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), (10-5)*
#3 - Fitz Paccione (WU) defeated Eric Hinsworth (WC), 6-3, 6-1
#4 - Shaun Mihalick (WU) defeated Sean Summerall (WC), 6-4,6-7 (6-8), (10-5)*
#5 - Micah Mack (WU) defeated Danny Penesch (WC), 6-3, 6-2
#6 - Joseph Choi (WC) defeated Geoff Klein (WU), 6-3, 7-5

#1 - MacMillan and Mihalick (WU) defeated DeLong and Robertson (WC), 9-8 (9-7)
#2 - LeDoux and Mack (WU) defeated Summerall and Choi (WC), 8-4
#3 - Paccione and Klein (WU) defeated Hinsworth and Penesch (WC), 8-3

* Tie-breaker instead of third set

Records: Willamette is 6-8 overall; Whittier is 4-11 overall

Eric MacMillan won #1 singles and #2 doubles against Whittier College.

Eric MacMillan won #1 singles and #2 doubles against Whittier College.